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Exclusive Interview: Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar Governor of Punjab

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His Excellency Ch Muhammad Sarwar, the incumbent Governor of Punjab, is a statesman having a vast experience in British as well as Pakistani politics. He has been a Member of British Parliament from 1997 to 2010 and was the first ever British Pakistani MP. He was sworn in as the 35th Governor of Punjab on August 5, 2013. Since he became the Governor, he has made indelible marks on the history of Pakistan, especially the province he heads. 

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Think Tank - The Thought Behind Policies

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The world had always been confronting numerous, diverse challenges in the realms of international peace and security, terrorism, globalization and governance, international economics, environment, information and society, poverty alleviation, human rights, healthcare, and so on. These issues need to be addressed by bridging the gap between knowledge and policy in critical areas. This phenomenon led to the establishment of regional and international networks of policy institutes and communities known as “Think Tanks”. The main aim behind their establishment was to improve policymaking while simultaneously strengthening the democratic institutions and civil societies.

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Budgeting Process in Pakistan-I

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The word budget has been derived from the French word “Bougett” which means a pouch or a wallet. It was coined by England's Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr William Ewart Gladstone, in 1860. The budget is taken in different ways in different countries; when we speak of the “budget” of a department, it means expenditure estimates only. While in England the term is used to state only the revenue and taxation part of the financial plan. On the contrary, in USA, the term “budgeting” is used to describe the entire financial process consisting of the preparation of the budget, enactment by legislature, execution, accounting and audit. In Pakistan, budget is called Annual Budget Statement.

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Action Against Terrorists More Than Inevitable Now

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The PML-N, PTI and an assortment of religio-political Islamic parties had been clamouring for “dialogue” with the Taliban. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also constituted a four-member committee, comprising, PM's Adviser Irfan Siddiqui, renowned journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai‚ former ambassador Rustam Shah Mehmand and former ISI official Major (R) Amir, for negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). But, the process soon hit the snags mainly because of intransigence on part of Taliban. Recently, an audacious attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi has baffled many Pakistanis regarding the ability of these savage beasts to penetrate easily into the sensitive installations of the country.

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Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan Always on a Bumpy Road

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The most basic precondition of a true democratic setup is a healthy civil-military relationship. In all democratic countries, an elected civilian government enjoys full control over the military. However, in Pakistan, control over governance has oscillated between the two; a decade of civilian supremacy followed by a decade of military rule. The reasons for this periodic shuffling are incompetent political leadership, weak political parties and institutions, rising power of civil-military bureaucracy, serious security threats to the country and frequent use of military in aid of civil power.

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Attacks on Indian Consulates and Emerging Trends in Indo-Pak Relations

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South Asia, being the region of critical importance, has a greater role to play in the world politics. But, its prospects to exert its influence are marred by the high level of mistrust between the states in the region. Inter-regional trade is just paltry when seen in the trade relations of other world regions. It is also a heavily-guarded region with the forces always alert at the borders.

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Honourable Mr Abdul Basit Pakistan's High Commissioner to India

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Blessed with extraordinary qualities of head and heart, Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Honourable Mr Abdul Basit, is a career diplomat par excellence. He joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1982 and during his illustrious career he has held various important assignments in Pakistan Missions abroad and at the headquarters. Prior to his posting as High Commissioner, he was the Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. Recently, Jahangir's World times (JWT) had an opportunity to have his opinion on India-Pakistan bilateral relations in the wake of the inauguration of Modi government in India.

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No More Than A 'MISSED' CALL

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Nawaz Sharif's decision to go to India to be a part of Narendra Modi's coronation was not the right decision. The question to reckon with should have been whether someone with Modi's dreary past and junky baggage would respond with the same sincerity. Modi's invitation to the Saarc leaders to attend his oath-taking ceremony was nothing but a patronizing gesture from someone who had been speaking of other countries in the region and their leaders with contempt. As Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi had noticeably been spiteful of Pakistan. He had not even laid out the basic contours of his Pakistan policy.

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World in Focus (May-June 2014)

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National
May 16: Saira Afzal Tarar, the Minister of State for National Health Services, told the Senate that the provinces shared fabricated figures of incomplete polio campaigns with the federal government, ultimately leading to travel restriction on Pakistanis.

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Reforming the Civil Services

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In Pakistan, almost every young graduate aspires to join the Civil Services of Pakistan. They are fascinated by its unique charm, and by the authority that this service vests in the CSP officers. Besides this, hefty salary packages as well as numerous perks and privileges make this service the most coveted one. In short, this is the service where talent meets opportunity and dreams translate into reality. There are numerous instances where people who had been drawing huge salaries in private sector quit their jobs and decided to go for CSS. 


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“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.”